The Rock Overnight Cruise
An overnight cruise of the Bay of Islands - with a difference
The Rock Classic Overnight Cruise is a tour of the Bay of Islands with loads of fun activities such as target shooting, dusk fishing, night kayaking, snorkeling, collecting seafood, island exploring, informative chats with our knowledgeable crew and more.
Accommodation in shared cabins, all activities, dinner, breakfast and lunch included. Cabins can be upgraded to private cabins and you can do this when you book online.
Note: A child is aged 2-11yrs.
Start: 5:00 pm, END: 7pm (approx)
We depart at 5 pm from the Paihia Wharf, after settling into your sea view cabin you are welcome to grab a drink and enjoy the cruise out to the islands. Give target shooting a go as we cruise through the Bay of Islands, take a chance at a game of pool or relax and get to know your fellow The Rock Adventure Cruise travellers.
Start: 7pm (approx), END: 9pm (approx)
Once on anchor in a sheltered bay we'll do a spot of dusk fishing. A healthy snapper baked on the barbecue is a welcome addition to an already delicious dinner (subject to guest's fishing ability, of course!). We sit down to dinner as the sun sets over the islands. The perfect time to swap fishing tales, travel stories and get to know the crew.
Start: 9pm (approx), END: Up to You
Now you can choose to go night kayaking (and we highly recommend you do!) to marvel in the phosphorescence (some call it "fairy dust") and lie back for a star-gazing session - your guide will point out the major constellations, planets and galaxies. Keep your ears open for the sound of Kiwi calling. If you're still up for action, you can jump in the sea for a night swim before settling in for a drink by the fire.
Start: 8am, END: 9am (approx)
Breakfast with a view
Sunrise at sea is spectacular - you can watch it from your bed if you're not an early bird! The breakfast bell goes at 8am. We serve a buffet breakfast and then haul anchor and get underway for an exploration of the islands. If you're up early enough, you might even get a chance for a quick wake-up swim with the crew.
Start: 9am (approx), END: 10.30am (approx)
After we weigh anchor it's off for a short cruise to our snorkelling spot for the day. Snapper, Blue Mao Mao, Stingrays, Sand Dagger Wrasse, Leather jackets plus more are all likely to join us as we explore the underwater world. If conditions allow, we'll gather mussels from the kelp-covered outer reefs to enjoy on the way home (along with the unique experience of eating sea urchins raw if you're brave enough).
Start: 10.30am (approx), END: 1pm (approx)
A further cruise through the islands will take us to our Island for that day. Kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, trekking across islands enjoying stunning vantage points are all on offer. Don't forget to join your guide for the walk to the viewpoint. Along the way they will point out our local birdlife, flora & fauna and share the stories of the Bay of Islands. You will have time to enjoy the remote beaches - perfect for a game of beach cricket or volley ball.
Start: 1pm (approx), END: 3pm
On the homeward cruise, we'll enjoy our lunch including those mussels (if you managed to gather some), freshly steamed, and watch out for the abundant marine and bird life...hopefully we'll even see dolphins! We arrive back at Paihia wharf at approximately 3pm.
Activities & Highlights
- See Phosphorescence
- Island Expedition
- Beach Games
- Licensed Bar
- Try Fresh Seafood
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